Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Acquisition of robot maker ?: Chinese spend billions deal for Kuka from – Handelsblatt


a worker checks in Augsburg (Bavaria) a robot from Kuka

(Photo: AP)

Munich / Frankfurt the Chinese air conditioning and home appliances manufacturers Midea plans to increase its participation in the robot manufacturer Kuka strong and together with the Augsburgers roll up the market for the automation of logistics. Via its subsidiary Mecca International Asians gave on Wednesday a public takeover bid from: Pro Kuka share they offer therefore 115 euros – equivalent to an enterprise value of approximately EUR 4.5 billion.

Midea currently holds 13.5 percent of Kuka shares and wants to – as the condition for the takeover offer – save at least 30 percent. However, the control of Kuka they do not want to take over by its own account as then the largest single shareholder. The board to Till Reuter had kept a free hand.

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  • It is a matter that to seize opportunities in the Chinese logistics market and promote the automation at Mideas existing customers, it said in a presentation. The Chinese are the world claims to be market leader in household appliances and generate approximately 7 from 18.7 billion euros sales outside their home country.

    Kuka turn has resolved, after years of dependence on the auto industry to make more business with customers in the logistics, aviation, IT or manufacturers of computers, phones, tablets and home appliances. The Schwaben for some time already talking with the Chinese company over the automation of over 100 logistics centers.

    side by side with the people The robots are

    The technical assistants are getting smaller , sensitive and effective. Its field of application is located side by side with the people. Thereby the manufacturers waving entirely new possibilities, their robots for sale. more …

    China is for Kuka also interesting because the largest robot market in the world of automation is comparatively low. With the entry of Midea and the partnership could Kukas China strategy be accelerated, the report said. Kuka will increase sales to 4.0 to 4.5 billion euros by 2020, most recently the Augsburger achieved 2.97 billion. In China alone, the robot farmer wants to implement a billion.


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